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Date: October 9, 2002 (02-61)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Presents Bioterrorism Conference
October 29 Event to Feature Updates on Smallpox, Other Issues

         “One Year Later.  Bioterrorism: What Do We Know?  What Should We Do?” These are provocative questions for the public and especially for terrorist response planners, business planners and the medical community.  An all-day program offering the latest information relevant to those questions is set for October 29 on Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.

        One of the keynote speakers, Daniel R. Lucey, M.D., will present up-to-the-minute information on the smallpox situation, which has been of high interest in recent weeks.  Dr. Lucey is Director of the Center for Biologic Counterterrorism & Emerging Diseases at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.  He also is a member of WHC’s Bioterrorism Group, which works with the Federal Centers for Disease Control to develop strategy for medical response to bioterrorism.  An integral element of his positions is to closely monitor developments concerning smallpox.

        “It is important to have an informed public regarding the smallpox issue,” says Dr. Lucey.  “While the threat of infection may be low, it’s not zero and if the disease is present outside the authorized confines of the laboratory, it’s a danger.”

        Michael Richardson, M.D. is another of the scheduled speakers for “One Year Later.  Bioterrorism: What Do We Know?  What Should We Do?”  Dr. Richardson is acting deputy director for prevention, primary care and planning and a member of the Anthrax Team for the District of Columbia government. 

        Capt. Robert Stephan of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Academy will speak on dirty bombs and Col. Jonathan Newmark of Edgewood Arsenal will address the subject of chemical attacks in the urban environment.                                                   

        During the afternoon sessions, participants will learn about biodefense grant opportunities, terrorism scenarios, and planning for defense against terrorism.

        Organizers expect a strong turnout for this event, with its cutting edge information from leading terrorism-response experts.  “The speakers provide outstanding networking opportunities for anyone interested in this issue,” says conference coordinator Dr. Robert Wells, biotechnology program director in the Montgomery College Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

        The registration fee of $119 before October 16;  $129 after that date includes a continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and handouts, in addition to the day-long program.  Senior citizens 60 and over will be accommodated for half price. 

        The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the High Technology and Science Building on Montgomery College’s Germantown campus, 20200 Observation Drive, just east of Interstate 270, off Maryland Route 118.  For information, call 301-601-6923.

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